Planned Settlement House demo sparks backlash

School association to raze the 113-year-old Jackson Street Settlement House

New York /
Jun.June 03, 2014 03:20 PM

The impending demolition of 120 Jackson Street, where “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” author Betty Smith once taught sewing to immigrant children, has neighbors in a NIMBY uproar.

The School Settlement Association wants to raze the 113-year-old Jackson Street Settlement House to make way for a new structure to house programs it wants to add for Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhood children. The current space, they say, isn’t large enough to accommodate a planned expansion of the association’s after-school and summer camp activities.

Still, locals concerned about noise and dust question whether the undertaking is worthwhile.

“They are going to tear up the shingles of my house and my family is going to be disrupted,” Phil Montana, who lives next door to the site, told the Brooklyn Paper. “I do not think it is necessary.”

The planned revamp would replace the current three-story building with a new four-story community center, a project estimated to cost around $18 million. Association partner Saint Nicks Alliance has already been fundraising for one year in an attempt to meet the goal.

Though the current structure was built in 1901, it is not landmarked or in a historic district.

In honor of the original building’s ties to Smith’s novel, the School Settlement Association plans to plant a Tree of Heaven — a Chinese deciduous tree that grows quickly and is a symbol of perseverance, according to the Brooklyn Paper. The palm, however, is also known for a harsh smell and aggressive root system that poisons soil to push out other plants, according to the paper. [Brooklyn Paper]Julie Strickland


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Clarion Partners CEO David Gilbert along with 44 Berry Street (left) and 139 N 10th St (right) in Williamsburg (Getty Images, Clarion Partners, Google Maps)
Clarion eyes $70M for Williamsburg loft apartments
Clarion eyes $70M for Williamsburg loft apartments
Gaia Real Estate's Danny Fishman with 55 Hope Street
Gaia scores Williamsburg rental for $80M
Gaia scores Williamsburg rental for $80M
Toby Moskovits with the Williamsburg Hotel (Sasha Maslov, Google Maps)
Eastdil and A&G seek to broker sale of bankrupt Williamsburg Hotel
Eastdil and A&G seek to broker sale of bankrupt Williamsburg Hotel
HUBB NYC’s Jesse Terry with 150 Union Avenue
HUBB NYC picks up Williamsburg rental for $78M
HUBB NYC picks up Williamsburg rental for $78M
Williamsburg, All Year
Avi Philipson-led group blows deadline to complete William Vale deal
Avi Philipson-led group blows deadline to complete William Vale deal
Quadrum Global CEO Oleg Pavlov and 29 Huron Street in Greenpoint (Quadrum Global, Morris Adjmi Architects, Getty)
UK developer lands $126M for Greenpoint luxury dev
UK developer lands $126M for Greenpoint luxury dev
The William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg (The William Vale, iStock/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)
Zelig Weiss throws another punch in fight for William Vale
Zelig Weiss throws another punch in fight for William Vale
L3 Capital co-founder Domenic Lanni and 91 North 6th Street in Williamsburg (L3 Capital, GBuilders Construction, Wikipedia/Gr1st, iStock)
Hermès leases Williamsburg outpost in Brooklyn debut
Hermès leases Williamsburg outpost in Brooklyn debut
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...